The Brian Lehrer Show

What's the Deal with Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Katie Honan, DNAinfo reporter covering Queens, talks about the new deal reached between the City Council and the USTA to expand the tennis center while also providing benefits to Queens residents and what it might signal for other developments in city parks.


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An Effort to Get More Kids to Play Tennis

Monday, September 12, 2011


They don’t know it, but America’s littlest tennis players are in the midst of a dramatic downsizing: it’s called 10 and Under Tennis, and it shrinks the game down to a kid’s size, with smaller rackets, low-bouncing big foam balls, lower nets and a smaller court. It is changing in the way  kids are learning the sport.

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US Open: Diversifying the USTA

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ten years ago, Serena Williams, all of 17, won the US Open at Flushing Meadows, Queens. in doing so, she became the first African American woman since Althea Gibson in the 1950's to win a Grand Slam. Her older sister Venus followed in 2000 with her first of five Wimbledon ...

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U.S. Open Gets Greener

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The USTA bought 500 recycling bins, enough to put right next to every garbage can on U.S. Open grounds.

The USTA bought 500 recycling bins, enough to put right next to every garbage can on U.S. Open grounds.

Over the course of its two-week run in Queens, the U.S. Open tennis championships are believed to generate about $420 million in economic activity for New York City. That's according to an eight-year-old estimate by the city comptroller's office. Many sports economists question such big numbers, saying they're overblown. But there's a different kind of influence the U.S. Open has that can't be overrated, and that's its effect on the environment.

GARZA: This grand slam is two weeks. We have 700,000 people come to this facility.

Rita Garza is senior director of corporate communications at the United States Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open.

GARZA: It's a lot of volume in a short amount of time.

That means lots of media, and their TV trucks and laptops, drawing energy. Hundreds of staff, printing out programs, stat sheets, and press releases. and thousands of players and fans, eating and drinking.

GARZA: We sell about 500,000 plastic bottles, between our water and our iced tea and Gatorade and things like that. And sell about 20,000 aluminum cans. That's a lot.

Garza and I are standing in one of the many hallways that lace through the guts of Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main showcase court at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She just finished showing me the loading dock, where the USTA has installed a new chute and compactor just for recyclables. It's done so because this year, for the first time at the U.S. Open, the USTA is setting out recycling bins throughout its entire 43-acre site, to collect plastic bottles and metal cans. In the past, the organization relied on its waste carting company to recycle, trusting it was picking the materials out of the garbage. Another first: the USTA is recycling the 18,000 to 20,000 plastic tennis ball containers used at the Open.